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  1. Hmmm... worst part is scouting out a camp after...

    Hmmm... worst part is scouting out a camp after a long day of miles, getting set up and then, while exploring your new home, finding an even better site just a bit farther down the trail...

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    I had one snapped foot box on DIY CDT TQ, and...

    I had one snapped foot box on DIY CDT TQ, and found it more annoying than anything else. Never opened it intentionally, but popped the snaps open a bunch of times. Since I use Halfwit style big nets...
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    I've tried all sorts of inflatable pillows and...

    I've tried all sorts of inflatable pillows and none seem to work for me. Truth told I can go pillow-less in the hammock. That said, I use the ZPacks reversible DCF pillows sack. As described...
  4. Thread: Hard shackles?

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    Oh boy.. I already had it packed in my food bag!!...

    Oh boy.. I already had it packed in my food bag!!
    It's going to be a party!!
  5. Thread: Hard shackles?

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    If the OP removes the shackles and carries them...

    If the OP removes the shackles and carries them in his/her pocket itís worn weight.

    Problem solved.

    I guess that goes for the whiskey too.. drink it before you leave the trailhead and...
  6. Thread: Hard shackles?

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    LOL on the whiskey! I was using CF Ruta Locura...

    LOL on the whiskey!

    I was using CF Ruta Locura stakes for a while.. liked then well enough until the metal tip came off of one deep in the ground. Didn't notice it gone until I walked away and...
  7. Great idea.. I carry two in my repair kit, but...

    Great idea.. I carry two in my repair kit, but sure would hate to have to install then when it's cold or windy...
  8. I still switch between split and continuous RLs. ...

    I still switch between split and continuous RLs. I like the idea of the RL taking all the stress and being able to slack out the tarp and relieve some of the tension from potential tree sway, but...
  9. The only thing I can say I do different is that I...

    The only thing I can say I do different is that I had shock cord and a pole mod on the silpoly and don't use either on any of the DCF. I've used split and continuous RLs on both. Guy lines are the...
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    I use a spliced Amsteel or Dynaglide continuous...

    I use a spliced Amsteel or Dynaglide continuous loop with a diamond knot about two inches in from the working end..

    8" is pretty standard, but I see no real value in any extra length in this...
  11. I've had silnylon, silpoly and DCF.. I can't say...

    I've had silnylon, silpoly and DCF.. I can't say I pitch them any different.
    Sounds like a good opportunity to learn.. so learn me please. How does your pitch differ for your DCF tarp than it...
  12. Yeah.. totally agree.. I thought about that after...

    Yeah.. totally agree.. I thought about that after I hit Post. Not the same, but still a good testament to the forces being applied.

    Don't forget the keels contribution to forward motion of the...
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    Shug... I absolutely love your videos. And I...

    Shug... I absolutely love your videos. And I like seeing Greenbean. Sad day when Greanbean failed... broke my heart.

    I would love your outtakes even more!! include more of them please!
  14. Poll: I'm not sure I fully understand the question but...

    I'm not sure I fully understand the question but voted for multi-stop.

    I am a backpacker/hiker who likes to sleep off the ground. I shop all over the place, including hammock (Activity)...
  15. I don't mean any disrespect in saying this, but...

    I don't mean any disrespect in saying this, but this ^^ part of your statement is irresponsible, unsupported and misleading to a newbie. I'm sure just as many 'standard' tarps have failed as have...
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    Funny stuff... I have the same as above... ...

    Funny stuff... I have the same as above... custom HG 0F with an extra baffle. And, I redirect the foot end shock cord up to my RL as well, albeit in a slightly different manner. I do this with all...
  17. Thread: I give up

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    You are correct.. there was a source for quilt...

    You are correct.. there was a source for quilt shells.. I don't know who it is though..sorry.
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    If it gets done either way, none is better than...

    If it gets done either way, none is better than the other!!
  19. I can't say for sure, but my guess having worked...

    I can't say for sure, but my guess having worked with it is...no.


    I should have updated my post above...

    After about two dozen nights using the Monolite, it failed catastrophically... Click...
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    For narrow channels like the one you had to work...

    For narrow channels like the one you had to work with, I use a plastic needlepoint needle. Looks like a leather needle, about three inches long, but has a blunt tip and really big eye.. big enough...
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    If it will hold on silpoly sure. why not?

    If it will hold on silpoly sure. why not?
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    I hear there is a new repair tape specific to sil...

    I hear there is a new repair tape specific to sil impreg fabric. You could use that, doubled over itself while wrapping around the hem, creating the tab you're looking for. You could also bond the...
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    Curious why you chose to add the grosgrain. It...

    Curious why you chose to add the grosgrain. It doesn't look to be sewn on. How does it help? I would have put a patch of DCF tape on and then the snap through the tape.

    Help me understand as...
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    I happen to like the sound of rain on the DCF.. ...

    I happen to like the sound of rain on the DCF..

    Since I am often alone, or with one other person, I don't care about the transparency. Only exception to that was the trip last winter where it...
  25. Thread: Backpack size

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    Took me a minute to get over the 50lb.. 100lb......

    Took me a minute to get over the 50lb.. 100lb...

    I can offer no help on pack size without seeing the pack list. Heck, I want to see the pack list just out of curiosity. Can't imagine carrying...
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    A few Alpine Butterfly knots would shorten the...

    A few Alpine Butterfly knots would shorten the length and be functional as well.


    If you do indeed need 15" off of it, send it to me.. I'll shorten and resplice it for you.

    With that much...
  27. Yep.. mine do that often Unintentional and easy...

    Yep.. mine do that often Unintentional and easy to remedy.

    If they were threaded incorrectly, you and unknot the end of the secondary, extract them from the lineloc and reset them correctly. ...
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    If I am going for beak mode with the doors, I'll...

    If I am going for beak mode with the doors, I'll hang the tarp, then connect the doors... stake out the doors first and then the ground corners.

    If I am going for overlapped doors, it still helps...
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    Yep.. I've done the same since I too, use 10.5's....

    Yep.. I've done the same since I too, use 10.5's.

    Redirecting the primary up to the hammocks SRL takes up a decent amount of slack and seems to be the winner for me.



    Geez.. wish I knew you...
  30. Pics or it didn't happen!! :lol: Always...

    Pics or it didn't happen!!
    :lol:

    Always nice when you get a new piece of kit and you're really happy with it.
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    Here you go... ^^^^ THIS ^^^^ My tarps (all...

    Here you go... ^^^^ THIS ^^^^
    My tarps (all DCF) each have ZPacks 1.2 Reflective Z-Line at ground corners. Was using Dutch Tarp worms but have begun migrating to Lineloc V's on all of them.
    ...
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    I took a very similar progression, with a...

    I took a very similar progression, with a Dynaglide UCR pit stop in the middle, but never got dropped by any of it. I settled on the 2.2 Kevlar as my Nirvana. Stuff is unobtainable now, but I...
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    This is how I do my tarp doors. Allows me to...

    This is how I do my tarp doors. Allows me to hook to the tether on the stakes, the opposite ground corner or the opposing doors corner.
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    The tendency to bunch up like that is a show...

    The tendency to bunch up like that is a show stopper for me. Kevlar has proven to be without fault for my style and needs (and my mild OCD).
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    Yeah.. gotta get the quilt up against you. You...

    Yeah.. gotta get the quilt up against you. You can also try redirecting the suspension, up to the SRL, so the quilt is being pulled up as well as out. I do that on all of my hammocks & quilts.
  36. I'll agree with the pad suggestion, except his...

    I'll agree with the pad suggestion, except his chill was at his shoulders..

    Best bet is get another set of eyes on how the quilt it hung while you're in the hammock....
  37. Does LiteAF do full custom orders on tarps? ...

    Does LiteAF do full custom orders on tarps?


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  38. This^^^^^^ Thatís an interesting quilt...

    This^^^^^^



    Thatís an interesting quilt lineup.. I like it

    For the low end you can do the 0F/20F combo with down pants and jacket. Thatís what I do, but I have the matching sets except for...
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    Can you throw a few knots in the check cord or...

    Can you throw a few knots in the check cord or wrap it around a binder to effectively shorten it as a test before replacing it?


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  40. As I read the first few lines of your post I...

    As I read the first few lines of your post I thought... wow, Iíd be sweating.

    Granted I wouldnít take 30F Iíd the temps were going to be 32F. Actually I might.. but I have down pants and...
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    Straight seams... one of those less is more...

    Straight seams... one of those less is more things. The less I try to control the fabric, letting it take itsí own course.. the more straighter my seams are.

    Worth sharing I think... I pay as...
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    This ^^^ is my kit with the following caveats......

    This ^^^ is my kit with the following caveats...

    Half Wit style net instead of a Half Zip..
    Kevlar straps
    Lawson HD Ti stakes

    This is what works for me, and what I have evolved into.. not...
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    Securing your tarp (stake questions)

    Don't over think this one...Common Whipping Knot..

    https://youtu.be/0ib2tF-M0sg

    Here is how I do them on my Mini Ground Hogs.....
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    I've stopped using them on the guy outs and use...

    I've stopped using them on the guy outs and use them primarily on the ridgeline..

    I also have one on my packs tree line. One on my gravity feed system and one on the side pull out on each of my...
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    D-Ring under the ridge tie out? Neat idea.. I...

    D-Ring under the ridge tie out? Neat idea.. I like that. Add a supplemental RL under the tarp as needed..
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    This ^^^^^^ I don't do it often, but this is...

    This ^^^^^^

    I don't do it often, but this is the easiest way to find the lone stake in the dark. I do have reflective tethers on them which helps as well.



    Those look interesting.. First I...
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    Have I mentioned I HATE PRUSSIKs at some point???

    Have I mentioned I HATE PRUSSIKs at some point???
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    I started with mini ground hogs.. Still have a...

    I started with mini ground hogs.. Still have a dozen or so. I may go back to them for one trip to see if I miss them or some kind of light bulb goes off.

    I used the Ruta Locura carbon fiber...
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    Ah.. Sweet! Thank you!!

    Ah.. Sweet! Thank you!!
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    They don't list them.. that's why i mentioned...

    They don't list them.. that's why i mentioned messaging Brandon.

    I bought a bag of them a long time ago and don't remember for sure.. but I think postage was more than the cost of the rings.. ...
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